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[kol-uh-neyd] /ˌkɒl əˈneɪd/
Architecture. a series of regularly spaced columns supporting an entablature and usually one side of a roof.
Compare arcade.
a series of trees planted in a long row, as on each side of a driveway or road.
Origin of colonnade
1710-20; < French, equivalent to colonne column + -ade -ade1, on the model of Italian colonnato
Related forms
colonnaded, adjective Unabridged
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  • Chebron passed out on to the colonnade, following Mysa and Ruth.

    The Cat of Bubastes G. A. Henty
  • The colonnade in the centre of the court was erected by Tahraka.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • I have paced the colonnade for more than an hour, waiting the coming of this spy.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • He came out to the colonnade holding it in his arms, and calling for a messenger.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • The height of the columns was equal to the width of the colonnade, about sixteen feet.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • He moved away quietly, hidden by the shadows of the colonnade.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for colonnade


a set of evenly-spaced columns
a row of regularly spaced trees
Derived Forms
colonnaded, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French, from colonnecolumn; on the model of Italian colonnato, from colonna column
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Word Origin and History for colonnade

1718, from French colonnade, from Italian colonnato, from colonna "column," from Latin columna "pillar" (see hill).

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